“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”
Hope everyone is having an awesome Thursday! Want to say how cool it is to be able to send these out everyday. It seems like the moment I underestimate or overlook the God Gold I hear about the Lord reaching someone new through it and that blows my mind but also shows me exactly how powerful God’s Word at work is! I am so thankful for this opportunity to share my struggle, my “little bit” of weirdness and most of all getting to share the powerful, life transforming love of Christ! Love all of you God Goldians!!! Please pray for me to stay focused on getting God’s Word out to the way He would have it and I’ll be praying for each of you!
Currently on the road to Baltimore as I type this. Thankful for my buddy Troy giving me the opportunity to go on this mission trip with his church! We’ll only be gone a few days to do some construction and street ministry type work in some of the higher need areas. I ask y’all keep myself and the other men in your prayers that the Lord will use us to show His glory and meet the needs in front of us!
Since we are driving up we’ve had plenty of time to check out the scenery and DAGGUM!! Once we got into Virginia it was nothing but mountains, trees in all the fall festive colors, valleys and hills, just so much beautiful. I sat there looking out the window and after going on trips like this, Psalms 23 is my go-to verse. I was seeing all of this awesome and beautiful land around me and it finally hit me. As easy as it is to say “The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want”, you know it sounds real good and we feel real good about it. How often do we realize this relationship and this super cool Shepherd we have? Seriously, look around you! Look at the beauty that God has created!
The crazy part for me sitting there looking at all this awesomeness and realizing I have a relationship with the One who created all this! After going through so much of my life constantly chasing what my flesh wants and desires to the point it’s like I have to have it. Constantly looking around me at others and what they have, jobs and titles, or even as simple as being in a daily situation that is out of my control but wanting to do everything I can to fix it. Of course we are always wanting so many things that are material or because we think we’d finally be happier if we had them. The main thing I noticed at the root of my wants was the simple fact of being things that I can’t control. If something isn’t the way I think it should be, or the way I want it to be because that’d make me feel “better”, then I do everything I can to figure it out and find a solution.
The big lesson while looking at my scenic views was that whatever I want or anything that I try to have, it’s never going to be better than what I already have in the Lord. After seeking peace and happiness in finding the solution to all my problems, wanting and chasing in things of this world, I have the Lord and He is more than what I need. He is our Shepherd that may not give us what we want but He gives us everything that He knows we need. He gives us peace and joy in that fact that we have Him, the creator of every beautiful piece of this planet and every unique and gifted person on it. When we realize that He did all that and still surrounds us with more than enough around us in our lives, what else do we need? We have the almighty and powerful Lord of Lords with us, going before us, clearing out all the garbage and stuff that would get in our way so we can walk with peace and contentment in the fields and streams He guides us through. Once realizing on an even bigger scale that the Lord is my Shepherd and nothing else can be better or more satisfying than what I have in Him, it’s freeing. It’s freeing knowing that all these things and desires I chase, I don’t need them. All the problems I try to solve and relationships I try to make better or fix, they are out of my control. No longer do we have to worry about all these things in life we can’t control and waste our time and effort doing so. All we can control is how we embrace, seek out, and humble ourselves before the ever loving, faithful, providing God that is our Shepherd. Whatever it is for you, you don’t need it to feel some type of way that can only be felt by what you already have in the Lord. Stay under His guidance, control what you can control and watch the Lord work out the rest letting all the pieces fall exactly where He wants them.